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    House OKs $39 Billion in Food-Stamp Cuts

    Mayor Michael Nutter's purchases are scanned by a cashier at a ShopRite grocery story Monday, April 23, 2012, in Philadelphia. Nutter pledged Monday to live on the average food stamp benefit of five dollars a day for the entire week. The challenge takes place the week before the planned asset test for food stamps goes into effect in Pennsylvania, which critics say will disqualify thousands of low-income families from food assistance.  (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

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    More uplifting news from Washington. On Thursday evening, the House passed a Republican-backed plan to cut $39 billion in food-stamp funding over the coming decade. The vote was 217 to 210, without a single Democratic vote, and doubles the amount of cuts in a similar bill that was rejected in June. The food-stamp program is used by
    48 million low-income Americans, and this bill's enactment would force 3 million out of the program, with cuts for 850,000 extra. But it's a long way from that—the White House has already threatened to veto the plan.

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